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This is a list of universities and colleges in KenyaKenya has a number of universities and other institutions of higher learning. There are 30 public universities, 30 chartered private universities and 30 universities with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA).

These universities are established through institutional Acts of Parliament under the Universities Act, 2012 which provides for the development of university education, the establishment, accreditation and governance of universities. According to a 2004 report on reforming higher education in Kenya, the rapid expansion of university education in the country was a spontaneous response to the increasing demand for higher education necessitated by the increasing flow of students from schools.

From July 2014, all government and private institutions offering technical and vocational education and training were put under TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training). This act normalized this sector as it had become tainted by unaccredited institutions offering substandard education as revealed by The Standard and The Star. As of October 10, 2016 there were 540 institutions accredited by the Authority.

List of Kenyan Public universities

University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi (uonbi or UoNSwahiliChuo Kikuu cha Nairobi) is a collegiate research university based in Nairobi. It is the largest university in Kenya. Although its history as an educational institution dates back to 1956, it did not become an independent university until 1970. During that year, the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: the Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

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During the 2023 academic year, the university had 49,047 students, of whom 35,897 were undergraduates and 11,003 were postgraduates. The university launched several policy frameworks and introduced self-funded enrollment (also called ‘module 2’) to cope with the rising demand for higher education in Kenya.

As of 2023, the University of Nairobi reported that it had more than 49,047 enrolled students.

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Main campus, Kikuyu campus, Chiromo campus, Lower Kabete campus, Upper Kabete campus, Parklands campus, Kenya Science Campus, Kisumu campus, Mombasa campus


Moi University

Moi University is a public university located in Kesses, Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu county, in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya.[1] It was established in 1984 by the Moi University Act of the Parliament of Kenya, after recommendations from the McKay Commission.

The current chancellor of the university is Professor Miriam Were while the vice-chancellor is Professor Isaac Sanga Kosgey.

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Odera Akang’o Yala Campus, Mombasa Campus, Kericho Campus, Nairobi Campus,Alupe Campus, Bomet University College


Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University (KU) is a public research university with its main campus in Nairobi. It acquired the status of university in 1985, being the third university after University of Nairobi (1970) and Moi University (1984). As of October 2014, it was one of 23 public universities in the country.

The main campus of Kenyatta University sits on over 1,000 acres (1.6 sq mi), at Kahawa, in the Kasarani Sub-county, north of Nairobi City County, approximately 17.5 kilometres (10.9 mi), by road, northeast of the central business district of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, off of the Nairobi-Thika Road.

The list of KU campuses includes the following locations:

  1. Main Campus – KahawaNairobi
  2. Ruiru Campus – Ruiru
  3. Parkland Campus – Parklands
  4. Kitui Campus – Kwa Vonza
  5. Mombasa Campus – Mombasa
  6. City Centre Campus – Nairobi Central Business District
  7. Nyeri Campus – Nyeri
  8. Nakuru Campus – Nakuru
  9. Kericho Campus – Kericho – Closed
  10. Dadaab Campus –Dadaab
  11. Embu Campus – Embu

The Arusha and Kigali campuses in Tanzania and Rwanda respectively were closed in 2018.

Egerton University

Egerton University is a public university in Kenya. It is the oldest institution of higher education in Kenya. The main campus of the university is located in Njoro, a small community approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi), southwest of the town of Nakuru. This is located approximately 182 kilometres (113 mi), by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya.


Maseno University

Maseno University originally called Maseno Govt. Training Institute, Siriba Teachers College is a public university based in the Maseno district of the city of KisumuKenya, situated along the Equator. It was fully fledged as a university in 2001, after being a constituent college of Moi University for a decade. It is one of public universities in Kenya. It has over 10,000 students pursuing programs offered in the university campuses and it is currently ranked among the best universities in Kenya.

It is located in Maseno Township along Kisumu-Busia road, 25 km from Kisumu City and 400 km west of Nairobi. It has five campuses: the Main Campus, Nairobi Campus, Kisumu Campus, Homabay Campus and eCampus. The main campus is along Kisumu-Busia road, while the Kisumu campus is located in CBD Kisumu City. The Homabay Campus is located in Homabay town.

The university has 12 schools and an institute offering various degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The eCampus, the first of its kind in Kenya, is a virtual campus that runs flexible online programmes both for on-campus students as well as off-campus students enrolled in various Maseno University programmes through eLearning.

The name “Maseno” was coined by Rev. J.J. Willis from the name of a tree known in local dialects as “Oseno” or “Oluseno” that stood next to the spot where the first missionaries in the region erected their base

Website: https://www.maseno.ac.ke/

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is a public university that is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres northeast of Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Thika SuperHighway, off Exit 15. It offers courses in Technology, Engineering, Science, Commerce, Management and Building sciences. The university has a strong research interest in the areas of biotechnology and engineering. Notable alumni include Dr. Paul Chepkwony, the first Governor of Kericho County in Kenya and a former lecturer, Emma Miloyo, a prominent Kenyan architect and the first female President of the Architectural Association of Kenya, as well as Aden Duale, the former Leader of Majority in the 11th Kenyan Parliament among others

Multimedia University College of Kenya, Meru University College of Science and Technology, Murang’a University College


Technical University of Mombasa

Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) is a public university located in the coastal city of Mombasa. It is amongst the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It is one of the National Polytechnics recently elevated to a fully fledged University in Kenya. It was awarded its charter in 2013 by-then president Mwai Kibaki


TUM can be traced back to the late 1940s when Sir Philip MitchellAga Khan III, the Sultan of Zanzibar, and Secretary of State for the colonies, Sir Bernard Reilly started the Mombasa Institute of Muslim Education (MIOME). After its inception, MIOME started providing technical education to Muslim students of East Africa. In May 1951, MIOME enrolled its first batch of students to undergo a technical education programme which placed special emphasis on Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Seamanship and Navigation, and Woodwork.

In 1966 MIOME become Mombasa Technical Institute (MTI) and started to admit all people from different walks of life regardless of religion or race.

In the year 1976, MTI became Mombasa Polytechnic. Mombasa Polytechnic continued to develop more market driven programs, anchored on the five established Departments of Business Studies, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Building and Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Sciences. On 23 August 2007, through a Legal Notice Mombasa Polytechnic was elevated to a University College thus the name Mombasa Polytechnic University College (MPUC).

In 2013 after being elevated to a fully fledged University Mombasa Polytechnic University College (MPUC) became Technical University of Mombasa (TUM). TUM has opened two strategic satellite Campuses in Kwale and Lamu County

  • Main Campus, Tudor, Mombasa
  • Lamu Campus
  • Kwale Campus

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology or MMUST, formerly Western University College of Science and Technology, is a non-profit public university in Kenya. The university is named after Masinde Muliro, a Kenyan politician who helped found the institution. It has approximately 25,000 students across its branches: Main Campus (Kakamega Town) and its two satellite campuses, WebuyeCampus and BungomaCampus

MMUST became a fully accredited public university in 2007. Before being elevated to full university status, it was a constituent college of Moi University. The school was established in January 1972, known as Western College or WECO, a college of Arts and Applied Sciences awarding certificates and diplomas in technical courses.

Website: https://www.mmust.ac.ke/

In 2002 it became a constituent college of Moi University and changed its name to Western University College of Science and Technology. The university is open to the community to use its resources e.g. the library and other facilities.

Its Vice Chancellor, currently just ended his 5-year term, Prof. Fredrick Otieno. Prof. Joseph Bosire is on acting capacity. The current Vice Chancellor is Prof. Solomon Shibairo

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (or DeKUT) also known as Kimathi Institute of Technology, Kimathi University College of Technology (2007) as a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is a publiccoeducational technological university in NyeriKenya. It is one of 22 public universities in Kenya, having been a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology since the year 2007 until it was chartered to become a fully fledged public university on 14 December 2012.


It was the first university in Kenya to be chartered under the new universities act of 2012 and the eighth public university to be established in the country.

It started as a middle-level national technical and business-oriented learning institution in 1972 and was elevated in 2007 to a constituent university college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology through a Kenya Gazette notice to become a full-fledged university in three years. However, this came later on 14 December 2012 when President Mwai Kibaki officiated and awarded the institution a charter in a ceremony attended by government officials and higher education stakeholders.

It is located 6 km from Nyeri along the Nyeri – Mweiga highway. The college land spans about 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) consisting of 350 acres (1.4 km2) of natural forest, 350 acres (1.4 km2) of mature coffee and 300 acres (1.2 km2) of open space for expansion

On 26 November 2008 construction of a multi-purpose resource centre began. The second phase, out of four, of this project reached completion in late 2010. It serves as the main hub for activities and events in the college.

Chuka University

Chuka University is a public university in the Tharaka Nithi CountyKenya. The university is situated approximately 186 km from Nairobi along the Nairobi-Meru highway, in a rural setting on the eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters above sea level. Chuka University is within Chuka/Igamba-ng’ombe Constituency, Tharaka-Nithi County

Chuka University is a public institution established through a legal notice No. 161 of 2007. It was a constituent College of Egerton University and the successor of the former Egerton University Eastern Campus College, Chuka. The Campus College was established on 27 September 2004, by Egerton University Council to enhance access to high quality and affordable University education to the people living in the Eastern region and Kenya at large.


His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki appointed the first Council of the university on 12 September 2008. A prominent businessman, Wilfred Murungi was appointed the first Chairman of Chuka University Council.

The University College was initially established as a Campus of Chuka University in September 2015.

Chuka University was the first institution of higher learning to be established in Eastern Province. The government’s objective of establishing the institution was to enhance education access and equity to the people in the region and Kenya at large. This is after the government realized that Education leads to better economic, social and political governance and is a catalyst for transforming Kenya into an industrialized middle-income nation as envisaged in Vision 2030

Main Campus (Chuka)

  • Igembe Campus
  • Embu Campus
  • Chogoria Campus
  • Tharaka Campus
  • Town Campus
  • Egerton campus (Nairobi CBD)

Laikipia University

Laikipia University is a Kenyan University located in Nyahururu. It is a premier university of Education (Arts). It has 1 campus: Main Campus.

Laikipia University was founded in 1929 as a primary school by William Thomas Alfred Levet. Between 1965 and 1970, the institution served as a Large–Scale Farmers Training College (LSFTC). LSFTC was administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry. In October 1979, it was converted into an Animal Husbandry and Industry Training Institute (AHITI) offering a two-year course leading to a Certificate in Animal Health. In 1990, Laikipia University was established as a Campus of Egerton University.


This followed the recommendations of a Government Committee appointed to look into modalities of absorbing a double intake of students from Secondary Schools. It was meant to offer Education courses for graduate teacher-training.

It remained a campus of Egerton University between 1990 till 2010 majoring in BEd Arts and BA corses. In 2011, it became a constituent University College of Egerton University until 19 February 2013 when the then President of the Republic of Kenya, his Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki awarded Charter to make the institution a fully-fledged University.

Laikipia University Main Campus is located 50 km from Nakuru town and 11 km from Nyahururu Town, along the Nakuru – Nyahururu Highway. It is situated in a serene environment which is conducive for learning. The Main Campus is the University nerve centre where most courses are offered and has the majority of students. The Main Campus has numerous facilities ranging from classrooms, laboratories, library, cyber cafe, bookshop, sports & games facilities, hostels for student accommodation, a health centre, restaurant, farm and Lake Chacha, among others.

South Eastern Kenya University

South Eastern Kenya University “SEKU” formerly Ukamba Agricultural Institute (Ukai), South Eastern University College (Seuco) is a public university with its main campus located in Kwa VonzaKitui County, Kenya.


It was formerly South Eastern University College “SEUCO”, a constituent college of The University of Nairobi prior to its award of Charter in 2013.

It is specifically located near Kwa Vonza along the Machakos-Kitui Highway and close to the Kitui Campus of Kenyatta University. The gate is about 7 km from the Kwa Vonza junction, but most structures in the university are about 17 km from the junction.

The Vice Chancellor of SEKU is Prof. Geofrey M. Muluv.

SEKU Main Campus, Machakos Town Campus, Kitui Town Campus, Wote Town Campus, Mtito-Andei Campus, Nairobi City Campus

Kisii University

Kisii University formerly known as Primary Teachers College, Secondary Teachers College (Diploma), Kisii University College, is a public university located in Kisii. It was founded in 1965 as a primary teachers’ training college on a 61-acre land that was donated by the County Council of Gusii. The college continued up to 1983 when it was upgraded to a secondary teachers’ college to offer Diploma programmes.


The Government of Kenya mandated the university to take over the college as its campus in 1994. Kisii Campus was one of the earliest campuses to be created in Kenya by the then Head of State, H.E. Daniel arap Moi. In 1999, the Faculty of Commerce established a Bachelor of Business and Management as its first degree programmes within the campus to run alongside a postgraduate Diploma in Education, which was phased out in 2001.

On 23 August 2007, Kisii University College was established through a Government Legal Notice No.163 of 2007 as a constituent college of Egerton University. On 6 February 2013, it was awarded a charter to become the 13th public university in Kenya.

The university main campus is situated 2 km from Kisii Town Centre, off the Kisii – Kilgoris Road. Main Campus, Eldoret Campus, Nairobi Campus, Kapenguria Campus, Kericho Campus

Multimedia University of Kenya

The Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) formerly Central Training School (CTS) to serve East African Posts Training School (1948), (KCCT) Kenya College of Communications Technology (1992), Multimedia University College of Kenya is a public university located in Nairobi. The university offers IT & related courses , Mass media, Business,Engineering and Social sciences education.


The university has two campuses:

  • The main campus is located near the western side of the Nairobi National Park on Magadi Road in Nairobi. It has a telecommunications museum and several residential halls.
  • The second campus is located in the Nairobi Central Business District, in Uniafric House on Loita Street.

University of Kabianga

The University of Kabianga is located in Kabianga, Belgut constituency, kericho county in Kenya. The university is situated in the Kabianga Complex, along with the Kabianga Boys High School and Primary School as well as the Kabianga Tea Farm. The Kabianga Complex has a long history.


The Government School, Kabianga, was started in 1925. Kabianga Teachers’ Training College existed between 1929 and 1963, when the College was moved to the present Kericho Teachers Training College. After the relocation, Kabianga Farmers Training Centre was established in 1959 at the premises. Its objective was to serve as an Agricultural Training facility for farmers from the South Rift and beyond. Kabianga Farmers Training Centre became Kabianga Campus of Moi University in May 2007. In May 2009, the university campus was elevated to a university college. On 1 March 2013, it was awarded charter by H.E, Hon. Mwai Kibaki and became a fully fledged university

Karatina University

Karatina University is a public university in the town of Karatina, in central Kenya. Karatina University was founded in 2007 as a Moi University campus for central Kenya, called the Moi University Central Kenya Campus. Located about 15 km north of the town of Karatina, it had an original intake of 100 students. Three years later, in 2010, it was upgraded to a constituent college of Moi University, and renamed Karatina University College. In 2013, the institution was declared a university in its own right, and was renamed Karatina University.


about 15 km from Karatina town. Further sites are located in the town of Nanyuki and in the settlement of Itiati, the latter being home to the university’s School of Education and Social Sciences.

The Vice Chancellor of Karatina University is Prof. Mucai Muchiri

Meru University of Science and Technology

Meru University of Science and Technology (or MUST) is a public university in Tigania West Constituency Meru, Kenya. It is in Meru County, 15 kilometres northeast of Meru Town, along the Meru-Makutano-Maua Highway.


  • Main Campus – 15  km from Meru Town along Meru Maua Road and opposite the Njuri Ncheke shrine. It is 5  km from Kianjai Market.
  • Meru Town Campus – The offices are on the 2nd floor at Hart Towers, opposite Meru Police Station.The Meru Town campus has been closed and will cease to exist as of 31st December 2022. Currently, we are not admitting new students. The remaining students on the campus will be transferred to the main campus after the August-November 2022 semester.
  • Marimba Campus

Kirinyaga University

Kirinyaga University formerly Kirinyaga Technical Institute (1971), Kirinyaga University College (2011) is a public university situated in Kutus Kerugoya in Kirinyaga CountyKenya. The university has its roots in the Kirinyaga Technical Institute. In 2012 it became a constituent college of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and was renamed Kirinyaga University College.


In October 2016 the university was granted the charter to operate as administratively independent university by the president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta among eight other universities. After becoming chartered, senior counsel Fred Ojiambo was appointed as chancellor and Prof. Mary Ndung’u as vice chancellor.

Kirinyaga University has five faculties:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • School of Hospitality and Textile Technology
  • School of Engineering and Technology
  • School of Business and Education

Pwani University

Pwani University formerly Kilifi Institute of Agriculture is a public university in the Kilifi County in the coastal region of Kenya, located 60 km north of Mombasa in the resort town of Kilifi, within the larger Kilifi County. Prior to the award of a charter, the university was a constituent college of Kenyatta University. The college, formerly the Kilifi Institute of Agriculture, was established on 23 August 2007 by an order signed by H.E President Mwai Kibaki.

Website: https://www.pu.ac.ke/

Pwani University is positioned close to the Kilifi bay along the Mombasa-Malindi highway. It occupies approximately 239 hectares of land, giving room for future expansion. Pwani University was founded on 23 August 2007. The first group of around 200 students was registered on 20 October 2007, mainly in the field of Education (Science) and Education (Arts)

Main Campus(Kilifi), Mombasa Campus

Murang’a University of Technology

Murang’a University of Technology (MUT) is the successor of Murang’a University College (MRUC), a former constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) after being elevated from Murang’a College of Technology (MCT). The university is located 1.5 km from Murang’a town in Muranga County, 85 km northeast of Nairobi, 70 km southeast of Nyeri and 50 km southwest of Embu.


MUT offers masters, degree, diploma, certificate, and craft courses in engineering, information technology, computing, business, commerce, human resource management, hospitality management, tourism management, pure and applied sciences.

Murang’a University of Technology is the former Murang’a University College (MRUC) which was established in September 2011 via Murang’a University College order legal notice No. 129 of September 2011 as a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. MRUC is the successor of Murang’a College of Technology. The university college currently operates under the provision of the Universities Act 2012 CAP 210 B of the laws of Kenya. The first Murang’a University Council was inaugurated in October 2013

Machakos University

Machakos University formerly (MTTI) Machakos Technical Training Institute (1979), (MUC) Machakos University College  is a public university in MachakosKenya. Founded in 1957 as a Technical Rural Training School by the colonial government, it was later renamed Machakos Technical and Trade School in 1958, Machakos Technical School in 1967, and Machakos Technical Training Institute (MTTI) in 1987. In 2011, the institution was upgraded to Machakos University College through Legal Notice No. 130, and it was chartered as a fully-fledged public university on October 7, 2016. Today, the university is located one kilometer from Machakos City along Machakos/Wote Road.

Machakos University offers a diverse campus life that provides students with numerous opportunities for personal growth, social interaction, and extracurricular involvement. The university has a diverse student body, with students from different parts of Kenya and other countries.

The university offers a variety of clubs and societies that cater to a range of interests, including sports, music, drama, debate, and entrepreneurship. Students can also participate in cultural events and celebrations, such as the annual Cultural Week, which showcases the diverse cultures of the students and staff.

Machakos University has a range of sports facilities, including a fully equipped gym, sports fields, and courts for basketball, volleyball, and netball. The university participates in various sports competitions, both locally and internationally

University of Eldoret

University of Eldoret formerly Chepkoilel Constituency college of Moi University is one of the 22 public universities in Kenya and situated approximately 9 km along the Eldoret-Ziwa road in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County. It was founded in 1946 by the white settlers as a Large Scale Farmers Training Centre. In 1984, it was converted to a teachers’ training college and renamed Moi Teachers’ Training College to offer Diploma Science Teachers Training. Due to the double intake crisis, the college was taken over by Moi University as a campus in 1990, renaming it Chepkoilel Campus. From 1990, the university made it a campus of Natural, Basic and Applied Science programmes.


In August 2010, President Mwai Kibaki, through Legal Notice No. 125 of 13 August 2010 upgraded the campus into a University College with the name Chepkoilel University College, a Constituent College of Moi University. Upon the award of charter by the president in March 2013, the University College was renamed University of Eldoret.

Kibabii University

Kibabii University is a public university in Kenya located in Bungoma County along Bungoma-Chwele highway. Previously a constituent college of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, the university was granted its Charter by President Kenyatta in November 2015. It offers, among other programs, the Bachelor of Commerce.


The Vice Chancellor of Kibabii University is Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo

Kibabii University offers academic programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels through three schools and two faculties.

The schools and faculties are:

  • School of Graduate Studies ;
  • School of Computing and Informatics (SCAI);
  • School of Business & Economics (SOBE);
  • Faculty of Education & Social Science (FESS);
  • Faculty of Science (FS)

Maasai Mara University

Maasai Mara University (MMU), (formerly Narok University College Moi University Narok Town Campus), is a public university in Kenya.


MMU is located in the city of Narok, in Narok County, approximately 147 kilometres (91 mi), by road, west of the city of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The geographical coordinates of the university campus are 01°05’35.0″S, 35°51’28.0″E (Latitude:-1.093056; Longitude:35.857778). The university’s main campus measures an estimated 129 acres (52 ha).

MMU is accredited by the Commission for University Education of Kenya on 12th February, 2023. The institution was founded on 16 July 2008 as Narok University College, a constituent college of Moi University and existed as a campus of Moi (Narok Town Campus) in 2007. Maasai Mara University was chartered on 12th February,2023 as a fully-fledged university.

The Co-operative University of Kenya

The Co-operative University of Kenya is a fully-fledged public university with a University Council, a Vice-Chancellor, and three Deputy Vice-Chancellors. The University Management Board, the Senate, and various committees are responsible for the day-to-day running of university activities.

Rongo University

Rongo University (RU), a prestigious institution with a rich history dating back to the early 1970s. Discover the journey of our university from its humble beginnings as Kitere Technical School to its current status as a full-fledged public university.

Established in the 1970s as Kitere Technical School, our institution was initially created by the local community as a craft apprenticeship training center. However, in the 1980s, the Southern Nyanza region experienced a growing demand for technical and vocational training. Recognizing this need, the Union of South Nyanza Welfare Association (USNWA), a lobby group, approached President Daniel Arap Moi to transform Kitere Technical School into a public institution.

President Moi not only granted their request but also bestowed the honor of naming the institute after himself. Thus, Moi Institute of Technology (MIT) was established in 1983. This marked a significant milestone for our institution, as it transitioned into a recognized public establishment.

Website: https://www.rongovarsity.ac.ke/

In 2007, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Moi University and Moi Institute of Technology. This collaboration allowed MIT to offer diploma and undergraduate programs in education, business, and human resource management as a satellite campus. The first batch of 100 students, supported by the Rongo Constituency Development Fund, was admitted in January 2008.

The University is located on Kitere Hill, 8 kilometers from Rongo Town, and 2.5 kilometres off Kisii – Migori Highway.

Technical University of Kenya

Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) formerly Kenya Polytechnic is a public university in NairobiKenya. It was chartered in January 2013 by then-president Mwai Kibaki


Technical University of Kenya grew out of the Kenya Polytechnic. The Kenya Polytechnic was founded in 1961. Proposals for the establishment of a technical institute in Nairobi were put forward in the Willoughby Report published in 1949. This led to the creation of the Royal Technical College of East Africa (RTCEA).

The objective was to establish a technical college in Nairobi which would offer education and training at the technician and semi-professional levels for the three East African territories of KenyaUganda, and Tanganyika. It was then important that in each of the territories there should be students sufficiently qualified to join RTCEA. While Uganda and Tanganyika established technical institutes in Kampala and Dar es Salaam to prepare candidates to join RTCEA, Kenya opted to introduce class streams under the name Kenya Technical Institute (KTI) at RTCEA.

By 1960 it had been decided that the Royal Technical College of East Africa should expand its mandate to offer degrees. Thus in 1960, the RTCEA was granted the mandate to offer degrees of the University of London under a special arrangement. Under this new status, the college had its name changed to the Royal College Nairobi.

As the college had its mandate expanded, it was no longer possible to continue accommodating the students of the Kenya Technical Institute due to pressure on space. Consequently, the Kenya Technical Institute needed to be moved to a site of its own. At the same time it was considered that the Diploma programmes should be moved away from RTCEA to Kenya Technical Institute. Consequently, in order to offer as well training at the level of Diploma, the Government established the Kenya Polytechnic out of the Kenya Technical Institute.

The Kenya Polytechnic established itself for the training of middle level manpower in the country. It is located in the Nairobi central business district opposite the Times Tower and along Haile Selassie Avenue next to the City Square Post Office. It offers TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) programmes as well as the degree programmes. Among the programmes offered at TU-K are: DipTech, BTech, BPhil, BEng and BSc.

Garissa University

The Garissa University was established as a constituent college of Moi University on 12th August, 2011 through Legal Notice No. 116, the Moi University Act (Cap. 210A), and the Garissa University College Order 2011. The University become a fully pledged public University on 23rd October, 2017 and the first of its kind in the North-Eastern Region. On 2nd April 2015, Garissa University College experienced one the worst terror attacks. Heavily armed attackers stormed the university campus that morning. Some students were shot at while others held hostage. This heinous and barbaric act resulted to 148 lives being lost and the University was closed. Following the resumption of teaching and learning activities in January 2016 at Garissa University after the closure of the former University College on 2nd April 2015 as a result of the terror attack, only a fraction of the nearly 900 admitted students resumed classes. Since then the University has experienced steady growth in student’s population. Currently the institution has a total student population of slightly over 2000.

Website: https://gau.ac.ke/

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology(JOOUST), also known as Bondo University College is a public university in Kenya. It is named after independence leader and Kenya’s first Vice-president Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, and father to 21st century politician Raila Odinga.

Prof. Stephen G. Agong’, PHD, FAAS, has been the Vice Chancellor of JOOUST since 2013.

JOOUST was founded in 2009, through a Legal Order, as Bondo University College, a constituent college of Maseno University. In 2013, the law was repealed and the university received its own charter as an independent institution of higher education.

Taita Taveta University

TTU opened her gates in 2007 as Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Taita Taveta Campus and later in 2011 was upgraded to a Constituent until 7th October 2016 when it was given a charter to be a fully fledged university.

Website: https://www.ttu.ac.ke/

Due to her very attractive courses, the population in the University has risen to 2000 students undertaking Masters’, Undergraduate, Diploma and Certificate programs. The University has a constant presence of international scholars through its established international linkages with reputable Universities across the world.

Taita Taveta University programs are guided by its Mission and Vision, and is proud as a mining and mineral processing engineer’s hub. Currently, TTU has four schools namely the School of Mines and Engineering, the School of Business Economics and Social Sciences, the School of Science and Informatics and the School of Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

University of Embu

The University of Embu (UoEm) was established as a Constituent College of the University of Nairobi via a Legal Notice No. 65 of 17th June, 2011 by His Excellency the President. EUC is the successor of the former Embu Agricultural Staff Training (EAST) College which started in 1947 as an agricultural training school and was later renamed Embu Institute of Agriculture in 1968. In 1990, it was upgraded to be Embu Agricultural Staff Training (EAST) College whose mandate was to develop and implement short management and technical courses, and offer research and consultancy services to enhance performance in the agricultural sector.

Website: https://embuni.ac.ke/

This continued until June 2011 when the College was converted to Embu University College through a Legal Notice No. 65 of 17th June, 2011. The EUC council was inaugurated after its upgrading from Embu Agricultural Staff Training (EAST) College by President Mwai Kibaki. Friday, 7th October, 2016 became a historic day for Embu University College. This day marked the transition of the Institution from a Constituent College of UoN to a fully- fledged University. The University of Embu was formally awarded a Charter by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta at a colorful function held at State house, Nairobi.

National Defence University

NDU-K was established under Section 24 of the Universities Education Act, 2012 on 27 May 2021. The University offers specialized certificates, diplomas and degrees in areas related to Defence and security, as well as other dimensions of security. The University is based at Lanet, Nakuru County.

On 27 May 2021, the NDU-K was established under Section 24 of the Universities Education Act, 2012 to offer specialized certificates, diplomas and degrees in areas related to Defence and security, as well as other dimensions of security. Additionally, the Legal Notice No. 96 of 11 June 2021 established the National Intelligence Research University College (NIRUC) as a Constituent College of the National Defence University College.

NDU-K will strive to; expand the existing capacities and partnerships to enhance service delivery, provide MoD with a vessel to shape policy and strategy-making discourse within the region and in the global arena through purposeful, practical and specialized training, education, and research and be a focal point for the formation of a think-tank on security and strategy.

Website: https://ndu.ac.ke/

List of Private universities in Kenya

  1. K.A.G East University
  2. Mount Kenya University (MKU)
  3. Uzima University College (constituent college of CUEA)
  4. University of Eastern Africa, Baraton
  5. Daystar University
  6. Africa Nazarene University
  7. Scott Christian University
  8. Kabarak University
  9. United States International University Africa (USIU – Africa)
  10. Strathmore University
  11. Zetech University
  12. Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology
  13. Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)
  14. Pan Africa Christian University
  15. Kenya Methodist University
  16. Adventist University of Africa
  17. Gretsa University
  18. Great Lakes University of Kisumu
  19. Presbyterian University of East Africa
  20. St. Paul’s University
  21. KCA University
  22. Africa International University
  23. Riara University
  24. Management University of Africa
  25. Amref International University (AMIU)
  26. Umma University (UMMA)
  27. Aga Khan University
  28. Kenya Highlands University (KHU)
  29. Nairobi Institute of Software Development
  30. Nairobi International School of Theology
  31. The East Africa School of Theology
  32. Aga Khan University Teaching Hospital
  33. Lukenya University
  34. The East African University
  35. Sacred Training Institute
  37. Kenya School of Professional Studies (SPS)

List of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions in Kenya

  • East Africa Institute of Certified Studies
  • Talanta Institute
  • Africa Digital Media Institute – ADMI 
  • AirSwiss International College
  • Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology – Thika, Nakuru
  • Nairobi Institute of Software Development
  • Nairobi Industrial Institute Collage
  • Atlas College -Eastleigh Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology (KIHBT)- Nairob
  • Adept College of Professional Studies – Nakuru.
  • African Institute of Research and Development Studies, Bandari College
  • Baraton Teachers’ Training College – Nandi Central Kapsabet
  • Bungoma North Technical Vocational College -Naitiri
  • Consolata Cathedral Institute -Nyeri
  • Cascade Institute of Hospitality – Thika
  • Eldoret Polytechnic – Eldoret
  • Emma Daniel Arts Training Institute (EDATI)
  • Government Training Institute (GTI)
  • Gusii Institute of Technology
  • Harvard Institute of Development Studies – Thika
  • Hemland College of Professional and Technical Studies – Thika
  • ICT Fire and Rescue – Thika
  • Indian Institute of Hardware Technology- IIHT Westlands, Nairobi
  • International Centre of Technology (ICT-Thika) – Thika
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Nairobi CBD
  • Intraglobal Training Institute –Kisumu
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Kisii
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Embu
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Nakuru
  • Intraglobal Training Institute -Donholm
  • Jaffery Institute of Professional Studies – Mombasa
  • Kabete National Polytechnic
  • Kagumo College
  • Kaiboi Technical Training Institute
  • The Kenya College of Science and Technology
  • Kenya Forestry College – Londiani
  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  • Keshnya School of Government (Formerly Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA))
  • Kenya Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology – Nakuru
  • Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)
  • Kenya Institute of Mass Communication – South C
  • Kenya Institute of Monitoring and Evaluation Studies (KIMES) – Nakuru
  • Kenya Institute of Software Engineering – Thika
  • Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC)
  • Kenya School of Government
  • Kenya School of Medical Science and Technology
  • Kenya School of Monetary Studies – Ruaraka
  • Kenya Science Teachers College, University of Nairobi
  • Kenya Technical Teachers College (KTTC)
  • Kenya Utalii College
  • Kenya Water Institute – South CNairobi
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute – Naivasha
  • Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology
  • Kigari Teachers College – Embu
  • Kilimambogo Teachers College – Kilimambogo
  • Kipkabus Technical and Vocational College (KTVC)
  • Kisumu Polytechnic – Makasembo
  • Kitale Technical Institute – Kitale
  • Machakos Institute of Technology – Machakos
  • Mboya Labour College – Kisumu
  • Michuki Technical Institute – Muranga
  • Nairobi Aviation College – Kisumu Campus
  • Nakuru Counseling & Training Institute – Nakuru
  • PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute (PCKTTI)
  • Railway Training Institute – South B, Nairobi
  • Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology – Kisumu
  • Rift Valley Technical Training Institute – Nakuru
  • Sacred Training Institute – Bungoma and Nairobi Campuses
  • Savannah Institute for Business and Informatics – Nakuru
  • Sensei Institute of Technology for Plant Operator Training
  • Sirisia Youth Polytechnic
  • Teachers College
  • Technical Training Institute (MTTI) – Mombasa
  • The Thika Technical Training Institute – Thika
  • Techno Links Ltd
  • United Africa College – Nairobi
  • Rift Valley Institute of Science & Technology – Nakuru
  • Vision Empowerment Training Institute- Nairobi
  • Vision Empowerment Training Institute- Kitengela
  • Vision Stars Training Institute – Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Development Studies (K.I.D.S.) – Nairobi
  • Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute- KCITI

List of Proprietary schools in Kenya

  • Africa College of Social Work
  • African Institute of Research and Development Studies
  • AirSwiss International College – Nairobi
  • Airways Travel Institute
  • Alphax College – Eldoret
  • Amani College
  • Arkline College – Nairobi
  • Associated Computer Services – Development House, Nairobi
  • AUGAB Computer College – Garissa
  • Augustana College – Kasarani – Nairobi
  • Australian Studies Institute (AUSI) – Westlands, Nairobi
  • Bell Institute of Technology – Nairobi
  • Belmont International College-Ongata Rongai – Kajiado
  • Bible College of East Africa, Kasarani – Nairobi
  • BizSmart Inter Technology
  • Bungoma Technical Training Institute – Bungoma
  • Career Training Centre – Nairobi
  • Cascade Institute of Hospitality – Thika
  • Centre for Distance & Online Learning – Nairobi
  • Century Park College – Machakos
  • Coast Institute of Technology
  • College of Management Sciences – Nairobi CBD
  • Compuera College – Nairobi
  • Compugoal College – Nairobi
  • Computer Learning Centre (CLC) – Nairobi
  • Computer Pride Training Centre – Nairobi
  • Computer Training Centre – Nairobi
  • Intraglobal Training Institute- Nairobi
  • Consolata Cathedral Institute -Nyeri
  • Consolata Institute of Communication and Technology – Nyeri-Mathari
  • Cornerstone Training Institute – Nairobi
  • Dairy Training Institute Naivasha (DTI Naivasha)
  • Digital Resource Center (DRC) – Karama Estate, Nakuru
  • Digiworld Computer School – Meru
  • Don Bosco Boy’s Town – Karen
  • Don Bosco Institute of Management Studies, Nairobi
  • Duolotech Computers – Gachie and Thika
  • Eagle Air Aviation College (EAAC) – Ongata Rongai
  • Eagle College of Management Studies
  • East Africa Institute of Certified Studies – Nairobi
  • East Africa School of Journalism (EASJ) – Jamuhuri show ground
  • East Africa School of Management – Nairobi
  • East Africa Vision Institute
  • East African Media Institute (EAMI) – Nairobi
  • East African School of Aviation – Embakasi, Nairobi
  • Eldoret Technical Training Institute[19]– Eldoret[28]
  • Eldoret Aviation Training Institute – Eldoret
  • Elite Centre – Embakasi – Nairobi, Mlolongo next to Co-operative Bank, Stepup Training Institute, Nakuru
  • Elite Commercial Institute – Embakasi, Syokimau, satellite branches
  • Elix Centre of Informatics – Lokichar-Turkana
  • Emanex Computer College – Kahawa
  • Esmart College – Kikuyu Town
  • Felma College – Nairobi – Embakasi
  • German Institute of Professional Studies – Nairobi
  • Globoville Shanzu Beach College – Mombasa
  • Graffins College – Westlands, Nairobi
  • Gusii Institute of Technology – Kisii
  • Hansons College of Professional Studies – Gachie Nairobi/Kuimbu
  • Hemland Computer Institute – Thika, Thika Arcade 5th Floor
  • Hi-tec Institute of Professional Studies – Mombasa CBD
  • Higher Institute of Development Studies – CBD, Nairobi
  • Holy Rosary College – Tala
  • ICT Fire and Rescue
  • The iNet College – Bungoma Cooperative Bank Building, 3rd floor, Bungoma County
  • Institute of Advanced Technology – Loita House, Loita Street, Buruburu, Nairobi
  • Institute of Advanced Technology Campus – Westlands
  • Institute of Business and Technology – Nakuru
  • Institute of Information Technology Studies & Research – Nairobi, Ambank Hse, University Way
  • Institute of Zaburi Technologies – Nairobi CBD
  • Inter-Afrika Development Institute – NACICO Plaza 4th Floor, Nairobi
  • International Centre of Technology (ICT-Thika) – Thika
  • International College of Kenya – Nairobi/Machakos
  • International Hotel & Tourism Institute – Nairobi
  • InterWorld College – Nairobi
  • Intraglobal Training Institute – Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Embu, Kisii
  • Jodan College of Technology – Thika
  • Jogoo Commercial College – Nakuru
  • Karatina Institute of Technology (KIT-Karatina) – Karatina
  • Keiway Mining & Technology College – Equity Bank Bldg, Mtwapa
  • Kenair travel and related studies – Nairobi and Mombasa
  • Kenya Aeronautical College (Aviation, Engineering & Cabin Crew) Wilson Airport – Nairobi
  • Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute (KCITI) – Eastleigh Campus
  • Kenya College of Communications Technology – Mbagathi, Nairobi
  • Kenya College of Medicine & Related Studies – Nairobi
  • The Kenya College of Science and Technology
  • Kenya College of Skills and Talent Development – Embakasi
  • Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) – Kabete
  • Kenya Institute of Applied Sciences
  • Kenya Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (KIBSAT) – Nakuru
  • Kenya Institute of Development Studies (KIDS) – Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) – Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Mass Communication – South C, Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Media and Technology (KIMT) – Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Professional Studies – Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development (KISWCD) – CBD, Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) – Kasarani, Nairobi
  • Kenya School of Accountancy and Finance – Kitale and Kisii
  • Kenya School of Professional Counseling & Behavioural Sciences (KSCBS)
  • Kenya School of Professional Studies (KSPS) – Parklands, Nairobi
  • Kenya School of Technology Studies (KSTS)- Thika
  • Kenya Science Teachers College – Jamhuri, Nairobi
  • Kenya Technical Teachers College – Gigiri, Nairobi
  • Kenya Utalii College – Nairobi
  • Kenya Water Institute – South C, Nairobi
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute – Naivasha
  • Kericho Teachers College – Kericho
  • Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology – Kiambu
  • Kigari Teachers College – Embu
  • Kilimambogo Teachers College – Kilimambogo
  • Kima International School of Theology (KIST) – Kima, Western Province of Kenya
  • Kimathi Chambers
  • Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute – Riruta, Nairobi
  • Kisumu Polytechnic – Makasembo, Kisumu
  • Lake Region Business training and Consultancy – Naivasha, Kwa Muhia
  • Lakeview Training Institute – Naivasha Kangiri House
  • Language School in Kenya, The – Chania Avenue, Kilimani Nairobi</ref> http://www.languageschoolkenya.org</ref>
  • Mark University of IT – Uganda
  • Mawego Technical Institute – Kendu Bay
  • Maxton College Of Media & Communications – Nairobi Umo
  • Meru Technical Institute – Meru
  • Migori Teachers college, Migori
  • Mosoriot Teachers College – Eldoret
  • Motion City International – Multimedia School, The Make Up Place
  • Murang’a Institute of Technology – Murang’a
  • Na rap Training Institute – Yaya Centre
  • Nairobi Aviation College – Nairobi
  • Nairobi Film School – Kipande Road, opposite National Museum of Kenya
  • Nairobi Institute of Business studies (NIBS)
  • Nairobi Institute of Software Development – Nairobi
  • Nairobi Institute of Technology Westlands
  • Naivasha Computer & Business Studies College – Naivasha Kenya
  • Nakuru College of Health Sciences and Management – KFA and Showground campuses, Nakuru
  • Nakuru Counseling & Training Institute, Centre of Hope – Nakuru
  • Nakuru Institute of Information Communication Technology
  • Narok Teachers College – Narok
  • Narok Teachers Training – Narok
  • National Youth Service Engineering Institute – Nairobi
  • Nationwide Hotel and Tourism College (NHTC) – Nakuru
  • Neema Lutheran College – Nyamira
  • Nkabune Technical Institute
  • Oshwal College – Parklands, Nairobi
  • Pan African School of Theology (PAST) – Nyahururu, Kenya
  • PCEA Shalom Training College – Eastleigh, Nairobi
  • Pioneer’s Training Institute – Nairobi, Umoja
  • PREMESE Africa Development Institute – Vision Plaza, Msa Road, Nairobi
  • Premier College of Hospitality and Business Studies – Biashara Street
  • Premier College of Professional Studies Ltd – Nairobi
  • Prestige Academy and College – Nakuru
  • The Regional Institute of Business Management – Nairobi CBD
  • Regional Centre For Tourism And Foreign language – Eagle House, opposite Tacos Club
  • Regional Training Institute – CBD, Nairobi
  • Regions Group International College
  • Rift valley institute of business studies Nakuru and Kericho
  • Rehoboth College – Nairobi, Ngumo area
  • Riccatti Business College of East Africa
  • Rift Valley Institute Of Science & Technology – Nakuru
  • Rochester Business School – View Park Towers, Nairobi
  • Royal Institute of Applied Sciences – Meru
  • Sacred Lake Institute of Technology[33] – Kiirua, along Meru Nanyuki Road
  • Sagana Institute of Technology
  • School of ICT & Hairdressing and Beauty – Pioneer College
  • School of Professional Studies – Parklands, Nairobi
  • Shalom Information Technology Center – Shalom House, off Ngong Road, Nairobi
  • Shanzu Teachers College – Shanzu, Mombasa
  • Shepherds Foundation Education & Research Centre – Buruburu, Nairobi
  • Skynet Business College – CBD, Nairobi
  • Skypath Aviation College – Wilson Airport AMREF KCO building, Nairobi
  • SMA Swiss Management Academy – New Muthaiga, Nairobi
  • Softpro Computer Institute – Pipeline Tumaini S/mkt blg, 3rd floor, Pipeline (Embakasi)
  • South Rift International College (SORICO) – AM Plaza, Kericho
  • St. Andrew’s Pre-Medical College – Mumbasa
  • St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre – Mlolongo
  • St Joseph’s Medical training College – Nyabondo
  • St. Mary’s School of Clinical Medicine – Mumias
  • Stanbridge College – Voi
  • Star Media Institute – South B Estate, Southgate Ctr 1st Floor, Nairobi
  • Starnet College – Nairobi
  • Stonebic College – Westlands, Nairobi
  • Superior Group of Colleges Intl.
  • Talent institute – Nairobi
  • Tambach Teachers Training College – Kerio Valley, Rift Valley
  • Tangaza College
  • Taznaam Tutorial College – Nairobi
  • Tec Institute of Management – Nairobi and Eldoret
  • Thomas Asingo College of Computer and Business Management
  • Times Training Centre – Mombasa
  • Universal Group of Colleges – Nairobi CBD
  • Vision Institute of Professionals – Nairobi and Mombasa
  • Vision Stars Training Institute
  • Wang Point Technologies College of Information Technology
  • Western College of Hospitality and Professional Studies – Wechaps College, Kisumu
  • Zetech College – Nairobi
  • Kenyaplex Institute of Technology Mwala
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